Experience

  • Lead Category Manager, Central Merchandising

    at Lowe's Companies Canada

    December 2017 - June 2019

    Ontario

    o Accountable for all aspects of a PNL across all Lowe’s Canada banners, including planning, forecasting, and exit strategy, while ensuring all financial targets are met or exceeded on a $150MM business. o Initiated, negotiated, and managed vendor agreements, costs, vendor allowances/terms, quality, and delivery terms in order to drive supplier performance. Developed and maintained vendor relationships both domestic and overseas. o Developed category and merchandising strategies that aligned with the merchant framework and portfolio strategies/financials through the use and review of multiple data sources. Conducted item level assortment analysis and determined assortment including vendor optimization, SKU optimization, private label strategy, and store visits to build category strategy and price ladders. Proactively communicated those strategies to leadership and their respective cross-functional teams in order to allow for appropriate planning and execution for all teams.

  • Import Manager, Global Sourcing

    at Lowe's Companies Canada

    April 2017 - November 2017

    Ontario

    o Managed the execution of all imports in Lowe’s banner, including vendor set up, item set up, and execution in the overseas office to meet vendor lead-times and in-store reset dates. o Responsible for the integration of two sourcing structures and processes to optimally support the buying strategies of the newly integrated organizations (Lowe’s Canada and Rona) both domestically and overseas. o Collaborated with all stakeholders in both organizations, (ie. the Global Sourcing offices, factories, Merchandising, Merchandising Support) to understand current state and the requisite needs in a future state solution. o Developed, mapped, and captured the new integrated process and rolled it out to all parties. Acted as the subject matter expert and consultant upon rollout.

  • Merchandising Manager

    at Lowe's Companies Canada

    October 2011 - March 2017

    Ontario

    o Developed and managed the short- and long-term strategy and day-to-day of a large portfolio of key seasonal categories ($100MM business) to deliver on financial objectives set by leadership. o Responsible for product development, sourcing, and vendor negotiations with local and overseas partners. o Prepared and led all line reviews (including in-store design) to ensure store readiness and seasonal sets were available on time. Collaborated with cross-functional partners to make timely, quality, informed decisions, and actions. Conducted modular walkthroughs with senior management from cross-functional areas to receive sign off. o Reviewed industry research to remain current on market trends and developed products on-trend and relevant to our customers while showcasing them through a best-in-class store experience. o Awarded Lowe’s Canada Merchandising Manager of the Year, 2015; awarded Double-Digit Sales Comps Award: 2014 (+13%), 2015 (+41%), 2016 (+33%)

  • Supply Chain Manager

    at Lowe's Companies Canada

    June 2008 - September 2011

    Ontario

    o Overall responsibility for the development and execution of strategic inventory objectives essential to driving sales of various promotional and merchandising programs. o Led the Supply Chain cross-functional team (Replenishment, Forecasting, and Product Flow) along with vendor collaboration to ensure key metrics were attained and business needs were met. o On-going financial analysis on inventory positions, margin impacts, and risk assessment. o Annual inventory budgeting at the product group and location level; monthly re-forecasting based on sales and margin trends, new stores, and planned promotional activity.

Education

  • B.Comm in Management Economics in Industry & Finance

    at University of Guelph

    1997 - 2002 (5 years) Ontario

Languages

  • English Native

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